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The New York Knicks have hired David Fizdale to be their new head coach, according to ESPN.
Per the report, Fizdale has agreed to a four-year contract.
The Athletic added that Fizdale turned down a similar four-year deal from the Phoenix Suns earlier in the week. The Suns hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kosokov on Wednesday.
For the Knicks job, Fizdale beat out a decorated pool of candidates that reportedly included former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer and ESPN analyst Mark Jackson.
An official announcement on the Fizdale hiring won’t be made until next week, the New York Post reported.
Fizdale was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies this season after just 19 games. He compiled a record of 50-51 in just more than one full season and a playoff record of 2-4.
His firing wasn’t well received throughout the NBA coaching circles, as many of Fizdale’s peers thought he got the short end of the stick.
Fizdale interviewed with a bevy of teams who are in need of a new coach, but was always considered the top candidate for the Knicks’ job.
New York’s best player, Kristaps Porzingis, is recovering from a torn ACL and it’s unclear if he will play next season.